About Us

Virginia McCarthy, President of the Board and CEO

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  • I’ve been a social worker in the field for 10+ years with experience in mental health, early intervention programs & geriatrics. I have a Bachelors in Psychology.  My passion for horses goes back to when I was a child & stayed with me into adulthood where I acted on the passion & began volunteering, learning, teaching, managing & experiencing the truly powerful effect of nature, especially horses with humans.
  • In 2015  this endeavor took shape from lessons to a therapeutic approach incorporating a partnership with an occupational therapist & training  through PATH Int. From there the mission has been to partner with the community to assist people of all ages & abilities to experience horses.

Ronda Beery, Vice President and Secretary of the Board

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  •   I am retired from 35 years in the grocery retail industry where I managed a successful team through leadership and customer service.  I am a lifelong horsewoman whose passion for horses has included owning, showing, and learning about horses through many different ventures.
  • In 2018, while recovering from Breast Cancer,  I began to look for a way to give back to the  community. Barn Yard Equine has given me a chance to serve my community while continuing to learn about the magnificent connection between humans and horses.

Angela Dodge, Member of the Board and COO

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  • Retired Minneapolis Police Officer with twenty six years of experience. Ten years of my career included developing and building a successful Mounted Patrol Unit for the Minneapolis Police Department.
  • I have an Associates Degree in Law Enforcement, a Bachelors Degree in Business Management and a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership. 
  • Through my personal and professional experience with horses I have seen first hand how horses can assist people therapeutically. After retirement from police work, I was looking for a way to give back to my community. Barn Yard Equine has allowed me to do that, while combining my love for kids and my love of horses.


Dean Beery, Treasurer /CFO

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  • I have an extensive financial background with over 23 years of experience and would like to use my skills to assist your organization.
  • I am an Accountant by profession and possess a broad range of financial skills including budgeting, inventory control, audit and financial  reporting. I also have a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from Arizona      State University.

Beth Ann Kaib, Director of Therapeutic Programs

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  • I am a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant that has been practicing in the pediatric setting since 2001. My experience is diverse with experience in home health, clinic, feeding, public schools, private schools and using equine movement as part of the client's plan of care. 
  • I completed Hippotherapy Treatment Principals Part 1 and Part 2 through the American Hippotherapy Association.

Luane Merkley, Volunteer Coordinator

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  •  I am retired from a lifetime of being a 911/Dispatcher & Dispatch Supervisor. I worked at agencies in Montana, Arizona  & the Oregon Coast. 
  • I retired from Law Enforcement and moved to Mesa, AZ, with my husband to care for his aging parents.  
  • I have enjoyed volunteering in leadership positions for Gilbert Fine Arts & The Miss Gilbert Pageant.  
  • My lifelong experience and love of horses lead me to Barn Yard Equine and the opportunity to put all of my skills to the best use.